pH Tests of Daylily Beds & Actions

Yard

9/18/2021

From The Care and Feeding of Daylilies at http://www.ctdaylily.com/trimmer_fertilizing.htmlRegardless of how much nutrition is present not much is going to be available to your plants unless your PH is in the 6.2-6.8 range.

Readings taken in damp soil with the KEL meter

  • Old Azalea Row north side of the backyard
    • 6.5 – West end in daylilies
    • 6.0 – West end in new top soil
    • 5.7 – East end in daylilies – Action to Take – Move away from the azaleas.
  • Along rail fence at pecan orchard, north to south
    • 5.5
    • 5.7
    • 5.8
    • 5.8
    • Action to Take – Raise the pH almost one point.
  • Crepe Mytle Bed at the rail fence along the road, east to west
    • 5.7
    • 5.8
    • 5.8
    • 5.2
    • 5.9
    • 5.8
    • 5.1
    • 5.8
    • 5.8
    • 5.1
    • Action to Take – Raise the pH one point.
  • Bed at Gate to the Pond Yard, east to west
    • 5.5 – Action to Take – Raise the pH one point.
    • 6.5
  • Nursery Bed at Martin House
    • 6.8
    • 6.8
  • Lady Bed
    • 6.6 – east side
    • 6.0 – west side – Action to Take – Spread ½ lb per 4 SF to adjust it ½ point.

Liming Plan

Pelletized lime bag table

Using the average low pH of 5.7 and the values in the label to raise the beds to 6.5 in a sandy loam:

45+(75-45)/2 = 60 lbs per 1,000 sf = 6 lbs per 10’x10′ = 1 lb per 4×4 ft. area.

NOTE: THIS AMOUNT IS TO RAISE THE pH FROM 5.5, BUT OUR BEDS ARE NOT THAT LOW, ON AN AVERAGE. OFFSETTING THAT FACT IS THAT WE WILL NOT BE BLENDING IT INTO THE SOIL BUT RATHER ONLY THE MULCH AND TOP MARGIN OF THE SOIL. SO THE CHANGE WILL BE SLOWER AND THEREFORE WE BELIEVE NOT SIGNIFICANT.

9/21/2021 – Action Taken – Spread the equivalent of 1 lb. of pelletized lime over a 4×4 ft areas in all beds cited above.

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